Why does weed give you the munchies?
It usually doesn’t take long for someone who has just smoked some marijuana or consumed an edible to start gorging on all the fast food they can find. You’re not alone, after all. The increase in hunger, also referred to as the munchies, is one of the marijuana side effects that receives the most attention. In Charles T. Tart’s well-known 1971 study, “On Being Stoned,” 150 marijuana users were examined, and researchers noted their appetites for sweets. This is where the name “munchies” originated.
What are “the munchies?”
THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives you the high, has a variety of physiological effects on your body. According to Ginger Hultin, RD, owner of Champagne Nutrition and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, THC causes “the munchies” by stimulating the area of the brain that regulates food.
Hultin, who works with patients in Washington State, where marijuana is legal (but only if you’re over 21, with some other restrictions), claims that it directly stimulates the brain’s endocannabinoid system. According to Hultin, there is evidence that it activates the hormone ghrelin, which causes hunger.
This is explained in further detail by Elise McDonough, the author of Bong Appetite: Mastering the Art of Cooking with Weed and The Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook. According to McDonough, “THC works into receptors throughout your body.” According to McDonough and a 2014 study printed in Nature Neuroscience Journal, the effect of the munchies is primarily brought on by THC on receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, which is part of how you smell, taste, and perceive food. According to McDonough, this means that when THC attaches to those receptors, it enhances the flavor and aroma of food, which contributes to the phenomenon of the munchies. In essence, it tricks your brain into making your body think it is hungry even when it is not.
Does doing an edible change the way munchies hit you?
Taking an edible or smoking can give you The Munchies. Whether you consume it by eating it or smoking it, THC in cannabis will be absorbed into your body, according to McDonough.
However, McDonough advises that you might want to get high after you have eaten if you’re attempting to prevent the munchies for health reasons. It will have a milder effect if you consume an edible after a substantial meal, she claims.
What happens if I eat more edibles when I have the munchies?
You’ll likely be really high. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a fatal overdose is “unlikely.” According to CDC research, marijuana overdose symptoms are comparable to regular marijuana effects but are more severe. Extreme disorientation, anxiety, paranoia, panic, rapid heartbeat, delusions or hallucinations, elevated blood pressure, and severe nausea or vomiting are some examples of these symptoms. Although it may sound terrifying, not everyone will encounter these negative effects. Marijuana, according to users like Bareket, can be a genuinely positive and beneficial experience.
With that stated, McDonough advises against consuming additional edibles if you’re already high and have the munchies. “Regular, healthful food will do. A healthy snack.
Can the munchies be a good thing?
According to McDonough, cannabis appetite stimulation may be the next big thing in medicine. It’s intriguing because some see it as an issue because you shouldn’t necessarily consume more calories than you require, according to McDonough. But it’s just a highly potent drug for folks who have a medical necessity to improve their hunger.
You’ve probably seen TV shows where cancer patients use drugs to get through treatment. One of the most well-known medicinal applications for the medication is for treating glaucoma, although it can also be useful for treating other illnesses like colitis. Example A is Bareket.
Bareket concurs that the use of marijuana for medical purposes will grow over the next few years. According to Bareket, the stereotype of a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy and consuming marijuana in order to eat is prevalent. But this can be beneficial for a wide variety of illnesses.
His big intestine was removed during surgery in 2010, which largely helped to relieve the symptoms of his colitis. But Bareket’s life still revolves largely around cannabis. His experience motivated him to launch BUSHL, a sustainable, organic, and craft cannabis marketplace and instructional platform, in the cannabis sector.